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Public workshops to address systemic inequities in energy efficiency

Published February 11, 2020, Updated February 28, 2020

It’s been a few months since our last update on the Energy Efficiency Peer Learning Cohort. CUB has been partnering with Twin Cities neighborhood-based groups and other organizations to improve energy efficiency opportunities for black, indigenous, people of color (BIPOC), renters, and low-income communities.

We have been very busy this winter and are in the process of developing principles and program ideas for energy efficiency programs that would address some of the systemic inequities especially experienced by these communities.

In the upcoming months, the Cohort will be offering a series of public workshops to provide practical advice for residential consumers to better take advantage of existing programs as well as share the ideas and visions for improved programs of the future. Workshops are all free and open to the public. We encourage you to participate.

View of second floor of the house
Photo by Jill Evans

Heat & Greet: Winter Heating & Weatherization Workshop

Date: Thursday, February 27th, 5:30-8:00 pm

Location: Corcoran Neighborhood Organization, 3451 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55407

The workshop will include:

  • Tips/tricks to make your homes warmer and healthier
  • Giveaways to keep your home warm and healthy
  • Help with income-based energy assistance applications (funds to help pay your utility bills)
  • Free utility bill consultation (please bring a copy of your utility bill)
  • Drink warm beverages and share stories of thriving in winter

This workshop will be also be offered in St. Paul in March. Look for additional details soon. 

Building Local Power: Cooperatives for Housing and Energy

Date: To be determined (This event was originally planned for March 14 but is being rescheduled)

Location: To be determined

Guest speakers will explain how cooperatives work for both housing and energy. Additional details will be provided soon.

Discussion of Proposed Energy Efficiency Program Improvements

Date: Wednesday, April 22nd, 5:00-7:30 pm

Location: To be determined

At this meeting, the Cohort will present its vision for improved energy efficiency programs.

Stay Updated

Stay tuned to CUB’s newsletter and event calendar for additional updates on the important work of this project.

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Author: Carmen Carruthers

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